Two Calgary dog owners fined after the fatal attack of an elderly woman

Jul 20 2022, 6:02 pm

Two Calgary dog owners are facing a number of charges after their three dogs fatally attacked an 86-year-old woman in June.

Following an investigation, Calgary Community Standards has charged Denis Bagaric and Talyn Calkins with:

  • Three offenses under Section 22(9) of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw for an animal attack on a person causing severe injury.
  • Three offenses under Section 22(6) of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw for an animal attack on a person.
  • Three offenses under Section 22(5) of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw for an animal bite to a person.
  • Three offenses under Section 11(1) of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw for an animal running at large.

All 12 counts result in a mandatory Provincial Court of Alberta appearance. If convicted, each offence carries a maximum penalty of $10,000, and if they aren’t paid it will result in six months’ imprisonment.

On June 5, emergency crews were called to 21st Avenue NW where three dogs were attacking a woman. EMS transported her to the hospital but she passed away a few hours later.

The three dogs were seized and are still in control of the city. The City of Calgary has submitted a Dangerous Dog Act application to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to have them humanely euthanized.

The Calgary Police Service continues its investigation into any criminal charges.

Peter KleinPeter Klein

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